Review: Severed Knot by Cryssa Bazos

Severed Knot by Cryssa Bazos

Publication Date: June 7, 2019
W.M. Jackson Publishing

Genre: Historical Fiction/Romance

Barbados 1652. In the aftermath of the English Civil War, the vanquished are uprooted and scattered to the ends of the earth.

When marauding English soldiers descend on Mairead O’Coneill’s family farm, she is sold into indentured servitude. After surviving a harrowing voyage, the young Irish woman is auctioned off to a Barbados sugar plantation where she is thrust into a hostile world of deprivation and heartbreak. Though stripped of her freedom, Mairead refuses to surrender her dignity.

Scottish prisoner of war Iain Johnstone has descended into hell. Under a blazing sun thousands of miles from home, he endures forced indentured labour in the unforgiving cane fields. As Iain plots his escape to save his men, his loyalties are tested by his yearning for Mairead and his desire to protect her.

With their future stolen, Mairead and Iain discover passion and freedom in each other’s arms. Until one fateful night, a dramatic chain of events turns them into fugitives.

Together they fight to survive; together they are determined to escape.



OMG, this book! I was up until almost 2am reading this and it was totally the loss of sleep. I did not and could not put it down! It will definitely be in my top 3 reads of 2019!

Severed Knot is one of the most unique and original historicals that I've ever read. Set in Barbados, which is a new setting for me, just after the English Civil War, it tells the story of Iain and Mairead. They meet on a ship bound for Barbados, both as indentured servants, and fall in love amidst the most horrid of conditions. It was really heartbreaking to read and I had to stop several times to get my emotions in check. That's how good Bazos' writing is. I know I don't think will never forget Iain and Mairead and their story.

With exquisite writing, Bazos masterfully crafted a harrowing tale of love and fighting for what you want. Prepare to be swept away and completely engrossed in this incredible historical!

I cannot wait for more from Cryssa Bazos but while I impatiently await her next novel, I shall pick up her previous one, Traitor's Knot, and be a happy reader! Highly recommended!

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About the Author

Cryssa Bazos is a historical fiction writer and 17th Century enthusiast, with a particular interest in the English Civil War (ECW). She blogs about English history and storytelling at her blog, the 17th Century Enthusiast, and is an editor of the English Historical Fiction Authors blog site.

Cryssa’s debut novel, Traitor’s Knot, a romantic tale of adventure set during the English Civil War. Traitor’s Knot is the first in a series of adventures spanning from the ECW to the Restoration and is now available from Endeavour Press. The second book in the series, Severed Knot, will be released in June 2019.

For more information visit Cryssa’s website. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitter, and Goodreads.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much Amy! I'm so thrilled that you enjoyed it (sorry about stealing your sleep) :)


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